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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:08 pm 
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Hi,

My name is Sarah and I have a 16 yr old Snow Bengal called Mina,

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I thought I would join a forum for some help, we almost lost my little girl a few days ago due to her being sick constantly for about 5 days solid. She was so skinny and frail we where so close to having her PTS as we where scared it was cancer. Although I thought I would try something and it seemed to work I changed her from commercial cat food to feeding her minced beef and lamb cooked rare (she turns her nose up at chicken and fish) and she's keeping it down and is putting on weight again, the vet believes she probably has IBD and she's on steroids and antibiotics atm to deal with how bad her flair up was, although he thinks she's now allergic to cat food.

I was wondering can anyone help me with ideas for supliments so I can keep her healthy. She's always be such a healthy happy girl until recently and we expected her to make it to 18 easily, I'm keeping my fingers crossed its still possible.

Does anyone else here have elderly Bengals and they can offer advice? Also is anyone else's Bengal convinced they're a dog? Mina has been playing with my mothers flat coated retrievers for years, she practically raised them all.

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Mina with my chihuahua Mai as you can see she's on the small side and underweight

Mina poorly this past week you can see how skinny she is now
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Mina featured in a painting by Sandara http://sandara.deviantart.com/art/Party-of-cats-3-535239269


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:30 am 
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Aww. Bless her. She looks a beautiful girl. My boy, Merlin was 16 years old (young!) on 30th January, also.
He fell ill last year, and lost nearly 1kg almost overnight. Loads of a/b and tests, had some sign of crystals, but not significant. Bloods showed slightly elevated Urea. Kidney function good and all results in ideal range except the Urea / Ph (although Ph still in acceptable range). The Ph is managed by the S/O biscuits.

I have slowly got him back up by @.5kg, and he seems very happy and stable now. I poach him fresh turkey breast / chicken breast and give him this with some of the poaching liquor, alongside S/O Urinary Care biscuits and Gourmet Perle food. He always cleans the plate since I moved him to the Solitaire range, and seems to like the Beef or Rabbit in gravy versions best. The white sauce varieties make him sick. I also free feed him kitten biscuits - in a low grain formula - as they contain additional fats, etc, which help build him up.

I have found that he likes his food warmed nowadays - 12 - 15 seconds in the microwave, no more, and a good mix round before putting it down. Warming his food was the only way to get him eating the prescription wet when he fell ill.... and it has simply carried over....

Just be gentle and enjoy her for however long you have - She will find her balance weight. One supplement she will need to have is Taurine which you can get from the vet / pet shop - Or a lot of chew sticks contain a good level. I have had to realise that Merlin won't be here forever, and am enjoying every day with him as much as I can - He is a very pampered puss!

We are in a quite elite group nowadays, having 'elderly' Bengals, even if THEY don't / won't grow old gracefully...LOL!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:02 pm 
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Hey nice to meet you,

Mina was 16 on the 28th January! small world, Its really nice to meet someone else with an elderly Bengal. I've found it really hard to find someone with one as most people have kittens or youngsters and I lost contact with Mina's breeder a long time ago.

I will try the taurine supplement as I had a suspicion I would need something to help keep her healthy. I see it as I'm lucky as I usually work from home so I can cook her a couple of meals per day and not worry about her feeling lonely. Although I do have an operation due soon and I am worried about how she will cope whilst I am in hospital for a few days. She has always been a very anxious cat and regularly walks around the house meowing to see where I am if she can't find me. I do find it hard to believe she's such an old girl sometimes though as she still plays like a kitten and whenever I get a delivery the box is hers no matter how small, she will always have to sit in it to give her approval, that's probably why her sudden decline was such a shock as I never expected it to be so fast, she still won't accept she's elderly even with her being sick.

I see it as I am so lucky to have had her as long as I have done, I still find it amazing she's managed to be around this long and she's seen me through so much as I got her when I was 18 and freshly living on my own. She is very spoilt these days and for what she's given me over the years, I see it as a very small thank you to her. She can have whatever she wants and hog my side of the bed every night, of course it doesn't help that my dog tries to do that also thank god they're both on the small side.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:42 pm 
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What a beautiful girl you have there. good luck and hope you have a few more years together. You could maybe try some really good quality probiotics for her. I use protexin. I'm sure you are adding Taurine to her food already if you are making it yourself.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:21 pm 
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Welcome to this great forum. Mina is just beautiful! Congratulations on her reaching such a wonderful age. I know you are happy you didn't give up on her and that she is turning the corner and getting her health back. Hopefully, you will have many more great years with her. My bengal will turn 9 next month, so he's not yet a senior. Great knowing others on here have elderly bengals and can help you out. There are some great supplements out there that will provide the vitamins and taurine Mina needs. Your vet may have some recommendations.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:52 pm 
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Welcome, it's great to see some older bengals! It gives us all hope.

It sounds like you are doing what you need to, to get her eating, which is great. As far as a longer term solution, you are correct in that you need to add supplements to make it a complete meal. I know some members do feed raw diet, so hopefully one or more of them will chime in.

For me, I'm actually feeding one of my 3 a raw diet right now, as she (Gaga) now refuses to eat any other kind of wet food. But in my case I'm using an off-the-shelf raw mix (RadCat). They have Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, Beef, and Venison flavors. Maybe there is something like that where you live? Also there is a pet food store around here that sells all sorts of raw meats, and then the supplements ala-carte. If you go in there, they will tell you what supplements you need (bone meal and some other things).

Good luck, let us know how it goes. Old cats rock, except for their health issues.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 12:46 am 
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Hey everyone,

Sadly I lost Mina not long after I made that intro post, she bounced back for a bit and then turned into a literal skeleton again so I thought it was best to let her go. I still miss her like crazy every day but considering she made it to 16 I was kinda ready for it, well as ready as I could be.

I am going to be picking up a new little girl at the end of July, I actually managed to track down a kitten who is related to Mina (well 8 generations back, thank you Bengal pedigree site) she's a little silver snow from a really great breeder, I really just can't wait to get her home and I'm just happy that I get a little bit of Mina back with her.

Once I bring her home expect lots of photos.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 3:26 am 
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Seraph wrote:
Hey everyone,

Sadly I lost Mina not long after I made that intro post, she bounced back for a bit and then turned into a literal skeleton again so I thought it was best to let her go. I still miss her like crazy every day but considering she made it to 16 I was kinda ready for it, well as ready as I could be.

I am going to be picking up a new little girl at the end of July, I actually managed to track down a kitten who is related to Mina (well 8 generations back, thank you Bengal pedigree site) she's a little silver snow from a really great breeder, I really just can't wait to get her home and I'm just happy that I get a little bit of Mina back with her.

Once I bring her home expect lots of photos.


Sorry for your loss :cry: Sounds like she lived a good life though. I look forward to seeing your new arrival. And btw, I'm trying to order a print of that digitial art picture. I think it's great!

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 7:49 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
Seraph wrote:
Hey everyone,

Sadly I lost Mina not long after I made that intro post, she bounced back for a bit and then turned into a literal skeleton again so I thought it was best to let her go. I still miss her like crazy every day but considering she made it to 16 I was kinda ready for it, well as ready as I could be.

I am going to be picking up a new little girl at the end of July, I actually managed to track down a kitten who is related to Mina (well 8 generations back, thank you Bengal pedigree site) she's a little silver snow from a really great breeder, I really just can't wait to get her home and I'm just happy that I get a little bit of Mina back with her.

Once I bring her home expect lots of photos.


Sorry for your loss :cry: Sounds like she lived a good life though. I look forward to seeing your new arrival. And btw, I'm trying to order a print of that digitial art picture. I think it's great!


Thank you so much.. When she stopped drinking one evening and still wouldn't touch any in the morning and she hadn't kept food down for 2 days I kinda knew it was time, although it was one of the hardest decisions of my life. The last thing I wanted though was for her to have a fit from dehydration, I wanted her to go as comfortably as possible. She died purring in my arms the same way I met her 16 years ago, she was such a little sweetheart cuddle bug.

I was so flattered when Sandara used her for a painting it's absolutely amazing I love her party of cats series, The little details she included are amazing like how the necromancer is raising little kitty skeletons and the way she captured the likenesses of the cats, the other two belong to another artist (I'm an illustrator myself although currently on Sickleave needing hip and possibly back surgery).

I'm not sure she offers it as a print. I do have a PSD of the original files she used which she sent me which I could send you in PM if you want to get a print made up of the painting though. Just ask if you would like it and I'll sort out uploading it.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 3:39 pm 
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I am so very sorry to hear about Mina. She lived a long life for a bengal and you will always have those happy memories with her. Happy to hear you will be getting another kitty! Can't wait to see pictures.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:14 pm 
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As people asked for pictures I have a couple of the kitten I'm getting its between two little girls atm as the breeder is keeping one and I'm having the other.

Here are the photos I was sent of the two kittens at 3 weeks.

Kitten 1

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She's going to be called Sylvanas, she looks like she's probably going to be a silver snow and she's from Junglefire


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:33 pm 
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Sylvanas is very cute! I love the name since I am Forsaken ;)

You might want to make a new post for Sylvanas though since this one is a bit of a memorial for Mina.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:43 pm 
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sirsad wrote:
Sylvanas is very cute! I love the name since I am Forsaken ;)

You might want to make a new post for Sylvanas though since this one is a bit of a memorial for Mina.


Oh don't worry I'll start a new post for her once I get more photos and then once she's finally home. I just didn't want to clutter things up too much when I've only got a couple of photos for now. Although I still can't believe I found a kitten related to Mina as her dad is in her pedigree way back though.I am tempted to do a bit of a photo spam of Mina photos in here though as I have been digging out a few lately of her.

Nice to meet a fellow Horde player :biggrin:

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As a kitten when her eyes where still green

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:23 pm 
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I just love looking at pictures of beautiful kitties!!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:29 pm 
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So sorry for your loss. Mina will be at Rainbow Bridge with her friends and family, waiting for the day you are reunited. XX
I know the day will come when Merlin will cross the Bridge, and pray it is a while away yet... We had to say goodbye to Hover, our gorgeous, soft hamster yesterday, so it has given us all a quick, sharp reminder of mortality.


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